Definition of choli in English:


nounPlural cholis

  • A short-sleeved bodice worn under a sari by Indian women.

    • ‘The bride, clad in a choli, arrived for the marriage in a boat at the Bolgatty Jetty and she was received by the bridegroom, who was wearing a green shervani and kurta.’
    • ‘And the Bridal Show, for married women, seemed to do just that by focusing on the Indianess of contestants who were draped in variety of colourful sarees and mesmerizing gagra cholis that dazzled with every step.’
    • ‘The choli, a tight-fitting blouse that leaves the midriff bare, is worn under the sari.’
    • ‘With the well-tailored choli of any style, the saree - starched cotton, heavy silk or light chiffon and organdie - can still make a fashion statement of its own.’
    • ‘Embroidered dresses in Swiss cotton from Kashmir in a host of pastel shades, chikan work from Uttar Pradesh and glass-embossed cholis from Gujarat and Rajasthan also entice.’


From Hindi colī.